Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Citizens Against Government Waste's Porkers of the Month

Miss. Sens. Thad Cochran and Trent Lott are Porkers of the Month:

Washington, D.C. Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) today named Mississippi Senators Thad Cochran (R) and Trent Lott (R) Porkers of the Month for adding $700 million for the “railroad to nowhere” to the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2006 (H.R. 4929). The Senate’s version of the bill for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and hurricane aid in the Gulf Coast costs $109 billion. President Bush requested $92.2 billion and the House passed a $91.9 billion version in March.

The “railroad to nowhere” is one of dozens of earmarks tacked onto the Senate bill, including $3.9 billion for agricultural subsidies, $500 million for a corporate welfare bailout of Northrop Grumman, and $6 million for two Hawaii sugar plantations. It comes on the heels of the controversy over the $223 million “bridge to nowhere” for Alaska in the 2005 highway authorization bill...


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